Rockettes’ Pick for Dancer of the Week: 11 Year Old #DancerBeatingCancer
Who: Cierra McCauley from Columbus, Indiana
Why we chose her: Eleven-year-old Cierra McCauley is giving us all the feels! She took her love of dancing and her gratitude towards the people who helped save her life, and created a movement while inspiring others to donate to a good cause.
At 6 years old, Cierra was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Having danced since she was 3 years old, doctors at Riley Hospital for Children helped make dance stay a priority in Cierra’s life as it was a form of therapy for her that pushed her to remain positive even on her worst days.
During her six months of chemotherapy, she continued to dance: “I remember going on stage without any hair and a bow taped to my head. That year I finished fourth at Nationals in my age group.”
To honor the friends she made at the hospital who lost their fight to cancer, Cierra did a tribute dance to help shed light on childhood cancer. This is when #DancerBeatingCancer was born, a social media challenge to help raise funds for the Riley Children’s Foundation.
The premise of the challenge is similar to the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. You post a video of you busting a move to Meghan Trainor’s “Better When I’m Dancin'” (similar to the video above) and then you challenge others to do the same, adding the hashtag #DancerBeatingCancer to your post. The desired result is to drive people to the Riley Children’s Foundation donation page to contribute to pediatric research.
What are you waiting for? Go show off your moves and help donate to a good cause!
Fun fact: As a childhood cancer survivor, Cierra believes her campaign is “a way to talk publicly about childhood cancer.”
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